• Northern Namibia camping trip
  • Northern Namibia camping trip
  • Northern Namibia camping trip
  • Northern Namibia camping trip
  • Northern Namibia camping trip
  • Northern Namibia camping trip
  • Northern Namibia camping trip
  • Northern Namibia camping trip

The 7 day Northern Namibia camping trip goes north. You will experience the cheetah and leopard at Africat. Enjoy a tour to Etosha National Park. Finish the Northern Namibia camping trip with a detour to Damaraland and beach tour to Swakopmund.

The Northern Namibia camping trip is your chance to view exquisite feline carnivores. You will see the wild animals in their personal Eden with a tour to Etosha.

This Northern Namibia camping trip tours unique mountainous vistas. You get to enjoy the elaborate carvings of Africa’s eldest human inhabitants.

This Northern Namibia camping trip can also have extensions. If you are looking for more days combine with the 7 day Southern Namibia safari. This will give you an unforgettable 14 Day Namibian safari tour Experience.

Northern Namibia Camping Trip Safari Destinations

Okonjima Nature Reserve

Your Northern Namibia camping trip starts by heading to Okonjima. Okonjima was born of the desire to find balance for cattle farmers and predators. It is now a game reserve home to the beloved AfriCat foundation.

The Northern Namibai tour safari goes half way between Windhoek and Etosha to the well-known Okonjima Nature Reserve. The 96 kilometre fence surrounding the 22 000 ha Okonjima private, Nature Reserve was finally completed in 2010.

Northern Namibia Camping Trip

Okonjima is home of The AfriCat Foundation, was established as a small ‘guest farm’ in 1986. For many years, this was a cattle haven but increasing livestock losses and post-independence interest changed it to a tourist destination.

The Okonjima Nature Reserve sprawls over 200 square kilometres of undulating plains. There are mountainous outcrops, and riverine thickets. It is here that leopard (Panthera pardus), the most adaptable of all the wild cats, thrive. Read more about our Leopard Research.

These intelligent, solitary predators occur in high density in the expanse of Okonjima Nature Reserve’s multi-faceted topography.

The Reserve’s predator research programme has spanned three decades. Its findings have provided great insight to leopard behavioral patterns as well as offered an upbeat prognosis for a sustainable future for the species in today’s Africa.

A two-day Okonjima stay on Northern Namibia camping trip offers the best chance to view wild leopard in Namibia. There are also other collared for research purposes, in their natural habitats.

Research programme leopard are actively tracked, and their collars are an invaluable resource for locating, and then returning to the Reserve. Cats which have migrated to surrounding farmland where they are perceived as threats to livestock.

The Okonjima Nature Reserve, a huge protected area set amongst the rugged commercial farmlands of central Namibia. It comprises a diversified ecosystem representative of both the larger and small mammals of Namibia, as well as most of the country’s endemic birds.

There are game drives and guided bush walks on Northern Namibia camping trip here. These offer visitors an intimate, up-close perspective of Namibia’s wildlife and, especially, its most protected species.

Etosha National Park

The Northern Namibia camping trip heads to the easiest and safest safari destinations in Africa, Etosha National Park is Namibia’s best game viewing destination.

Northern Namibia Camping Trip

Etosha is one of Africa’s great wildlife parks and Namibia’s prime wilderness conservation area. This Namibia national park span a vast 22 300 square kilometres (8 610 square miles).

Etosha National park consists mostly of grassy plains around a huge salt pan, which becomes a beautiful lake after heavy rains and attracts large flocks of pink candy-floss-coloured flamingo.

Etosha holds one of the largest, and perhaps the most stable, population of black rhino in the world, as well as giraffe, and rare and unusual species like the black-faced impala, Hartmann’s mountain zebra or the smallest antelope in the world, the Damara dikdik.

It is home to savannah animals and desert specialists, Etosha is where elephant, giraffe and zebra mix with springbok, black rhino and the scimitar-horned gemsbok antelope.

It’s also a predator paradise: lions, leopards and hyenas are resident in healthy numbers and it’s a top destination for cheetah sightings.

Within easy reach of the capital Windhoek, Etosha is as suitable for families with children on safari to Africa. It is also suitable for couples and honeymooners.

The risk of malaria is low, the climate usually warm and dry, and, thanks to simple logistics Etosha is a can-do self-drive destination.

The relaxed nature of the wildlife means an Etosha safari offers excellent photographic opportunities, especially during dry season. Great numbers of animals are concentrated at water and there are many busy waterholes to watch from the shade.

At night you’ll dine under dazzling stars, keeping an eye on a flood-lit waterhole and an ear out for the wavering contralto of the black-backed jackal.

Damaraland

Northern Namibia Camping Trip

This Northern Namibia camping trip will the head to the north-central part of what later became Namibia, inhabited by the Damaras. It was bounded roughly by Ovamboland in the north, the Namib Desert in the west, the Kalahari Desert in the east, and Windhoek in the south.

This will be a great stop on your Northern Namibia camping trip. Damaraland lies in between the dunes of Sossusvlei and the wildlife sanctuary that is Etosha National Park. It is home to the Himba Tribe.

It is a lesser-known treasure – the wild, untamed landscapes of northwestern Damaraland. This semi-desert region is one of the country’s most spectacular, with vast, arid plains intersected by sudden towering outcrops of rust-colored granite.

The first taste of Damaraland’s alien rock formations comes as the flat, arid scrubland. This is on either side of the road gives way without warning to the jaw-dropping granite peaks of Spitzkoppe.

They are often referred to as the “Matterhorn of Namibia”, Spitzkoppe is more than 120 million years old. The tallest of its many outcrops stands 5,853 feet/1,784 meters high against the blue sky.

To be discovered on your Northern Namibia camping trip are culture and an assortment of desert-adapted wildlife. They include elephant, rhino, zebra and lion, which eke out an existence in this near-barren landscape.

A not-to-be-missed attraction is the picturesque Brandberg, Namibia’s highest mountain, which is home to thousands of ancient rock paintings – most notably the White Lady.

The rocky outcrops of Twyfelfontein feature exceptional Bushmen engravings. They are considered to be some of the best-preserved etchings on the continent.

Your Northern Namibia camping trip may visit the Petrified Forest. It dates back millions of years and offers a haunting landscape of gigantic fossilised trees.

Swakopmund

Northern Namibia Camping Trip

Your Northern Namibia camping trip then heads to Swakopmund is the capital of the Erongo Region and has about 34,000 inhabitants. Swakopmund is known as activity centre of Namibia, nowhere else in the country will you find such a variety of possible activities.

The city’s German origins are quite pronounced in beautiful old German Colonial buildings throughout the city, making an even starker contrast for this town sitting at the edge of the Namib Desert.

One artifact of the German colonization includes an old museum/store, selling genuine artefacts from the 19th century. Cover a child’s eyes, because some of what is on sale is aesthetically–and historically–difficult to look at.

Swakopmund was used as the setting for The Village in the 2008 production of The Prisoner by AMC and ITV. Its quaint buildings and unusual appearance made a perfect replacement for Portmeirion where the original 1960’s series of The Prisoner was set.

Swakopmund Skydiving Club, founded in 1974, operates 7 days a week from Swakopmund Airfield, and organises the Desert Skydiving Boogies.

Lying directly due west of Windhoek, Swakopmund offers the closest coastal access to the capital. It attracts thousands of domestic holidaymakers over the peak Christmas season.

But it’s not hard to see why this pretty little port is also popular with foreign visitors. The town centre has retained much of its colonial character. It also boasts some of the best tourist facilities in the country.

In addition, Swakopmund is the main springboard for exploration of the dramatic Skeleton Coast. The more immediate attractions include the bird-rich lagoon at nearby Walvis Bay and at Sandwich Harbour.

The adventure activities operating along the dunes that separate the two ports, and Welwitschia Drive in the nearby northern Namib. So your Northern Namibia camping trip has a lot of activities to choose from while in Swakopmund.